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Under Trump, Family Planning Funds Could Go To Groups That Oppose Contraception

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:38

Several groups that promote natural family planning and abstinence education say newly-proposed guidelines could open the door for them to receive federal family planning funds for the first time.

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Federal Court Rules In Favor Or Transgender Student In Bathroom Case

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

A federal court in Virginia ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who's been fighting for the right to use the school bathroom that aligns with his gender identity.

Olympic Officials Grilled By Congress About Sexual Abuse Scandals

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

Some of the nation's top Olympic officials face tough questioning in Congress Wednesday. The sexual abuse of young athletes and their coaches is leading to some changes.

NFL Says Players Must Stand During Anthem Otherwise Teams Will Face Fines

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

The NFL announced Wednesday it will require players who are on the field to "stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." This comes after months of debate that initially started as protests against police brutality.

How Opioids Are Coming Into The U.S. By Mail And Why It's So Hard To Stop

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

Congressional investigators say hundreds of millions of dollars of fentanyl is coming into the U.S. by mail. But why is it so hard to stop?

James Clapper Weighs In On What Role The Intelligence Community Serves

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

During his tenure, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper presided over a tumultuous time for the intelligence community. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Clapper about his new book, Facts and Fears, and what he sees as the future of the intelligence community.

North Korea Plans To Close Main Nuclear Testing Site

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

North Korea plans to close its Punggye-ri nuclear test site Wednesday. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Adam Mount of the Federation of American Scientists about the significance of the test site, what its closure signals and what he'll be watching for moving forward.

Secretary Of State Pompeo Says Trump Administration Has Worked Hard To Counter Russia

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:31

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is promising to bring back the department's "swagger," testified at a budget hearing Wednesday about his plans for Iran, North Korea and his own department.

'They Were All Slaughtered': Amnesty Says Rohingya Militants Massacred Hindus

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:25

Amnesty International alleges a Rohingya insurgent group killed dozens of villagers last August. Afterward, Myanmar launched a campaign that one U.N. official says bears the "hallmarks of genocide."

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Where You Live Affects Your Happiness And Health, But How Exactly?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:10

Bike commuting, access to health care and racial diversity contribute to higher levels of well-being in communities.

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If You're Not Sure What Red Nose Day Is, You're Not Alone

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:50

It's been around in the U.S. for 3 years. It involves the selling of red noses to fight children's poverty. And it's definitely not a joke.

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Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Judge Says

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:34

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the president and his aides cannot block critics from seeing his Twitter account simply because they had posted caustic replies to his tweets in the past.

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My Father Stood For The Anthem, For The Same Reason That Colin Kaepernick Sits

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:27

As a child, I found my father's love of the national anthem utterly bewildering. His was the generation of men born free but shackled by bigotry. So why did he sound so proud, singing that song?

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For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:21

A growing number of schools are offering training for emotional and social skills that can benefit kids in school and throughout their life.

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Woman Sentenced To Life In Prison After 'Act Of Pure Evil' Acid Attack In U.K.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:10

Berlinah Wallace had been found guilty of flinging sulfuric acid onto a man who had angered her for ending their relationship.

Divorce Is Prohibited In The Philippines, But Moves Are Underway To Legalize It

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:49

The Philippines is one of only two countries where divorce remains illegal. But a new bill permitting it has passed the House. A recent survey found 53 percent of Filipinos favor allowing divorce.

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Echoes Of Cuba? U.S. Employee In China Hit With 'Sensations Of Sound And Pressure'

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:44

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "the medical indications are very similar and entirely consistent" with symptoms reported by American diplomats in Cuba, where there were reports of sonic attacks.

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All NFL Players 'Shall Stand And Show Respect' For Flag And Anthem, League Says

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:41

Anyone who doesn't want to stand can stay in the locker room — but teams will be fined if athletes or staff on the field don't stand, the NFL says in its new policy.

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Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use Of Opioids

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:27

A study of patients with low back pain finds that those who got physical therapy first needed fewer pricey scans and surgeries and had "significantly lower out-of-pocket costs" for treatment overall.

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Famed Vegas Casinos Could Be Hobbled As Thousands Of Workers Authorize Strike

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:24

The union representing the hospitality workers says they could walk out as early as June 1 if their demands, including protection against sexual harassment and technology advances, are not met.

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